We are celebrating the return of Spring this March! Although Santa Barbara’s climate remains sunny and pleasant year-round, springtime means warmer water and longer days here in America’s Riviera. Throughout the month we are taking guests kayaking in Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands as well as to the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country for our wine tours. March is such a fun time to come to SB!
Remember Daylight Savings is on March 8th, clocks turn forward an hour which means longer evenings! Our Sunset Harbor paddle is a great way to enjoy the extra hour of light: Daily 4pm – 6:30pm
Channel Islands Sea Cave Kayak Tours: Daily 7/8am check-in, 5/6pm return
This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides and beautiful surroundings, limitless discovery awaits.
First Thursday: March 5th
On the first Thursday of each month, downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art, music and theater in a fun and social atmosphere. Additional attractions such as music, artist openings, demonstrations, and refreshments are featured at participating venues. Downtown Santa Barbara, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
75th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show: Orchids -The World’s Greatest Show: March 13th – March 15th
The three-day Orchid Show highlights bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and feats of evolution represented by more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world. The event is catered to die-hard flower lovers, as well as people who just enjoy a fun activity for the weekend. This non-profit organization is all about sharing the joy of flowers.
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week: February 21 – March 6
The ultimate time to enjoy the American Riviera’s best dining experiences. Restaurants in Santa Barbara will offer a 3-course menu during dinner time that you will be able to enjoy for less than their usual price per plate. You’ll get to feast at restaurants you have been dreaming of eating at.
Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show: Every Sunday. 10 a.m. ’til Dusk
Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists come to display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of seaside Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held every fair weather Sunday and Special Holidays.
Ultra Santa Barbara Trail Run: Saturday, March 21
Combining all of Santa Barbara’s favorite hikes and trail runs, the Nine-Trails Run can be ran in many different ways, including running 35 miles of technical up and down terrain by yourself, or dividing it with another person for approximately 17 miles of beauty (and sweat).
Salty Strings Band (favorite local bluegrass band with high-energy and feet-stomping tunes) playing throughout March at several local hotspots:
February 29 – SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
March 19 – The Goodland Hotel
Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market: Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm/ Tuesday 3:00pm – 6:30 pm.
Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. Year round, rain or shine. Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Saturday and on State Street (500-600 blocks) on Tuesday.